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"My father's wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us." So begins Lucky Us (Random House), the remarkable new novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called "a literary triumph" (The New York Times). Disappointed by their families, Iris and Eva journey through 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris's ambitions take the pair across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, and to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island. With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life, conventional and otherwise. From Brooklyn's beauty parlors to London's West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

National Book Award finalist Amy Bloom has written a tale of growing up that is sharp and funny, rueful and uncompromisingly real. A chubby girl with smudged pink harlequin glasses and a habit of stealing Heath Bars from the local five-and-dime, Elizabeth Taube is the only child of parents whose indifference to her is the one sure thing in her life. When her search for love and attention leads her into the arms of her junior-high-school English teacher, things begin to get complicated.

And even her friend Mrs. Hill, a nearly blind, elderly black woman, can't protect her when real love — exhilarating, passionate, heartbreaking — enters her life in the gorgeous shape of Huddie Lester.

With her finely honed style and her unflinching sensibility, Bloom shows us how profoundly the forces of love and desire can shape a life.

Review:

"Bloom's prose combines lyrical imagery with a comfortable vernacular....Her keenly perceptive evocation of a young woman's burgeoning self-awareness and her sensuous descriptions of erotic passion are fashioned with undeniable intelligence and grace." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A] sweet, funny, melancholy, and tender tale...pure gold....Sensual, poignant, and precise, Bloom compresses time as gracefully as a poet..." Booklist

Review:

"The male characters often come alive, but Liz rarely does in this rather inconclusive and puzzling debut." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Bloom is a truly excellent writer...lyrical and funny....There is a line worth quoting on almost every page of this book." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Bloom's precise, sensual and heartbreaking tale reminds us that the most exquisite of pleasures can be wedded to the most searing of sorrows." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Bloom describes complicated emotional states with great sensitivity and tenderness." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Amy Bloom writes about love and desire with more visceral power than anyone I know....This novel is marvelous." Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina

Review:

"Bloom's incredible talent lies in her ability to disturb, humor, and delight without ever becoming heavy handed or awkward. She has given us a true love story, minus all the sugar coating. Highly recommended." Library Journal

About the Author

Amy Bloom's collection of short stories, Come to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, Antaeus, River City, American Fiction, and other fiction magazines, and has been anthologized in the 1991 and 1992 Best American Short Stories collections and in the 1994 O. Henry Prize Story Collection. A contributing editor for New Woman and the Boston Review of Books, Amy Bloom lives in Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375750229
Author:
Bloom, Amy
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Teenage girls
Subject:
Jewish teenagers
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
January 1998
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.12x5.21x.60 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375750229 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Bloom's prose combines lyrical imagery with a comfortable vernacular....Her keenly perceptive evocation of a young woman's burgeoning self-awareness and her sensuous descriptions of erotic passion are fashioned with undeniable intelligence and grace."
"Review" by , "[A] sweet, funny, melancholy, and tender tale...pure gold....Sensual, poignant, and precise, Bloom compresses time as gracefully as a poet..."
"Review" by , "The male characters often come alive, but Liz rarely does in this rather inconclusive and puzzling debut."
"Review" by , "Bloom is a truly excellent writer...lyrical and funny....There is a line worth quoting on almost every page of this book."
"Review" by , "Bloom's precise, sensual and heartbreaking tale reminds us that the most exquisite of pleasures can be wedded to the most searing of sorrows."
"Review" by , "Bloom describes complicated emotional states with great sensitivity and tenderness."
"Review" by , "Amy Bloom writes about love and desire with more visceral power than anyone I know....This novel is marvelous." Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina
"Review" by , "Bloom's incredible talent lies in her ability to disturb, humor, and delight without ever becoming heavy handed or awkward. She has given us a true love story, minus all the sugar coating. Highly recommended."
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